The National Ignition Facility: Making Star Power on Earth

The National Ignition Facility: Making Star Power on Earth

First Aired: 5/12/2008

Length: 58 minutes


How energy can be compressed to extreme power levels
 
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Imagine a sphere much smaller than a pea releasing enough energy to supply all of the electricity needs of the United States for a brief moment in time. How could this be possible? At the National Ignition Facility, a huge laser in Livermore, California, scientists and engineers are nearly ready to make this a reality. Edward Moses, the Project Manager at National Ignition Facility, explains how energy can be compressed to extreme power levels to potentially provide for a future of clean energy for our world.
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